Lancaster Man Convicted of First-Degree Homicide in Father's Day Killing in 2019
A man was convicted by a jury of first-degree homicide, attempted first-degree homicide and two counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure following a three-day trial Thursday in Lancaster County Court.
The fifth charge of firearms not to be carried without a license was dismissed by Lancaster County Judge Thomas Sponaugle since the length of the gun was needed and no gun was recovered.
Shawn Nasim Connelly, 22, will spend the rest of his life in prison once sentence is ordered by Judge Sponaugle for killing Anthony Marshall in June of 2019. The mandatory sentence for criminal homicide in Pennsylvania is life imprisonment.
The jury heard testimony and saw evidence that on June 16, 2019, around 12:36 a.m., Lancaster City Bureau of Police officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Lafayette St. for a report of a shooting.
Upon arrival, officers located two victims, one with a gunshot wound to his chest and the other with gunshot wounds to his arm. Both victims were transported to Lancaster General Hospital, where Marshall was pronounced dead shortly after.
Authorities discovered that both victims were at a birthday party in the 600 block of Lafayette St. but were told to leave after an altercation occurred. The altercation involved another male and Connelly, which Marshall and the other victim attempted to break up.
After leaving the party, the victims and four men, including Connelly, crossed paths near Kunzler Meat Co. The parties appeared to exchange words and Connelly removed a firearm from his waistband, firing five shots at the two victims. Surveillance videos from Kunzler Meat Co. and another home showed the shooting and the suspects fleeing.
“[The victims] didn’t go looking for trouble that night,” Assistant District Attorney Mark Fetterman, who prosecuted his 20th homicide trial, said during his closing argument. “Trouble found them. All Anthony Marshall did was stand up for someone and he got shot down because of it.”
Sentencing will occur at a later date.
Assistant District Attorney Caitlin Blazier assisted with the prosecution.
Lancaster City Bureau of Police Detective Eric McCrady filed charges and attended the entirety of the trial.